Gemmy Liddicoatite Tourmaline w/ Smoky Quartz

Camp Robin area, Ambohimahasoa, Haute Matsiatra, Madagascar
6.3 x 3.3 x 2.8 cm
Start Time: 01/09/2020 6:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 01/16/2020 6:30:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bidder: tkennedy777

Item Description

A euhedral smoky quartz fragment aesthetically accents a gorgeous, luscious, bi-colored gemmy/translucent Tourmaline variety Liddicoatite crystal from the end of 2011 finds from the Camp Robin area of Madagascar. The very glassy 360-degree trigonal crystal has fine form, lustre and sharpness highlighted by the frosted/etched pyramidal termination and well-striated prism faces. The vibrant colors of the mottled interior range from a rarely seen rich golden-orange color of the body to green at the termination and base. The orange color explodes, when the crystal is back lit! Complete all-around and pristine. These crystals were sold as being Liddicoatite, but as of 2011, Liddicoatite is no longer a valid mineral species. A very fine example of the find. It may be fluor-liddicoatite, liddicoatite, elbaite or other species. Single xl XRD and WDS analysis are needed to confirm which species are present. 39 grams mass. Valued $1250-1500.